Syncopated Hi-Hat and Bass Drum – Drum BeatNate Brown
We borrowed a technique used by Rodney Holmes in the Santana song Smooth to create this syncopated groove.
Holmes stepped up his game in the outro of the song, using left-stick, syncopated hi-hat strokes in between his Latin-flavored ride cymbal patterns. This beat shares some of the original Latin flavor, but we instead used his hi-hat stroke technique to accentuate the syncopated bass strokes rather than to augment a Latin-ride feel.
We kept this groove at Smooth’s tempo, 116bpm, but it sounds great at slower (or faster) tempos, as well. Experiment!
Listen to Smooth – Santana, played by Rodney Holmes: